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Cracking Open the 55" Samsung LED TV (UN55D6300SF)

Bill Detwiler cracks open a 55" Samsung LED TV and finds hardware from Samsung, Realtek, ST, Intersil, AKM, Weltrend, Silicon Image, and TI.
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The edge-lit Samsung UN55D6300SFHP 55" LED TV gives you a big screen, Internet connectivity, apps, and an integrated Web browser.

I wanted to see how Samsung packed all this tech inside a TV that's just over 1" thick. So, I got out my Phillips screw driver and popped off the back cover. Follow along as I crack open the Samsung UN55D6300SF.

As this photo shows, the TV's box was too large to fit within our studio's normal shooting area.

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As of this writing, the Samsung UN55D6300SFHP 55" LED TV has an MSRP of $2,299.99 (US). We purchased this test unit from a local retailer for $1,799.99 (not including tax). This TV has the following technical specifications:

  • Screen: 54.6" (measured diagonally)
  • Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 5,000,000:1
  • Panel Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Sound: SRS TheaterSound (15 Watts x 2 Audio Channels)
  • Speakers: Two built-in speakers
  • Ports: 4 HDMI, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 PC (D-sub), 1 PC Audio input (mini jack), 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Optical audio output, 1 Audio output (mini jack), 1 Coaxial input, Ethernet port
  • Wi-Fi support: Requires Samsung Wireless LAN adapter (sold separately)
  • Apps: Smart TV with Samsung Apps and integrated Web browser

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The Samsung UN55D6300SF weighs 48.9 pounds with the included stand and 39.7 pounds without it. The set measures 50.4" (W) x 30.1" (H) x 1.2" (D) -- without the stand. When attached, the stand adds just over 2 inches to the unit's height, and it has a depth of 12 inches.

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This Intersil chip, with markings ISL24835, is likely a TFT-LCD Reference Voltage Generator.

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This Texas Instruments chip, with marks TAS 5725 TI 11k D8F9 G4, is likely a Mixed Signal Microcontroller.

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The Samsung UN55D6300SF 55" LED TV was a cinch to crack open and disassemble. It has standard Phillips screws and easily-accessable parts. Provided you can get replacement parts, this TV shouldn't be too difficult to repair.

Inside the case, you'll find the LCD assembly, motherboard, LCD control board, power supply board, front control panel PCB, and a handful of screws and cables. As expected, this TV has lots of chips from Samsung. But, you'll also find chips from Realtek, STMicroelectronics, Intersil, AKM, Weltrend, Silicon Image, and Texas Intruments.

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